(CNN) — Grab a bowl of some spaghetti, rotini, lasagna or tortellini today, October 17, because it’s national pasta day.
Pasta is one of the world’s most popular foods and is eaten as a main course or side dish.
Of course, pasta is firmly rooted in Italy, but it was former President Thomas Jefferson helped make it popular in America.
He first tried it in Naples, Italy and became a fan. By the way, pasta is the Italian word for dough.